The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

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March 16, 2012

Tilton board hears plans for new church

TILTON — Village trustees heard a presentation Thursday from Dennis Starkey of the Vineyard Church in Danville concerning the church’s plan to build a new building on the site of the former L&L Mobile Home Park off of 14th Street.

Starkey said the church was interested in building in Tilton because of its close proximity to the interstate.

"Our current location, on the north side of Danville, is somewhat hidden from the highway and is quite a distance from the interstate," Starkey said. "We would prefer a location near the interstate as well as Georgetown Road."

Starkey said the church has several members from western Indiana and the proposed location would make it more convenient for those members.

"Our church likes to become involved with the community," Starkey said. "We feel we could really become involved in the Tilton community."

Starkey said the church is involved in volunteering at Southwest Elementary School.

"We were involved in the student backpack program at Southwest as well as other activities at the school," he said.

Starkey said he and other members of the church wanted see what the general feeling of the village was about a new church before proceeding with the zoning process.

According to Starkey, the Vineyard Church opened in Danville two years ago in former Poolside Health and Wellness Center. The church sees regular Sunday attendance of about 280 people.

Representatives of the Aspen Group of Indianapolis accompanied Starkey to the meeting. The Aspen Group are primarily church builders and have constructed more than 100 churches in Illinois and Indiana. The Aspen Group built the Vineyard Church building in Urbana.

According to sketches the group provided to the village, the proposed church would be about 14,000 square feet with 150 parking spaces.

The proposal must first be looked over by the village economic development committee as well as the zoning board before coming back to the full board for approval.

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